<h2 class="nci-h2-featured">Elizabeth McCracken is the 22nd Zale-Kimmerling Writer-In-Residence (2007)
Elizabeth McCracken, born in 1966, grew up in Boston and attended Boston University. She received her Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Iowa, and a Masters of Library Science at Drexel University. In 1993, she published her first book, Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry? The collection of short stories displayed her sense of humor and her gift for creating unforgettable characters.
In 1996, McCracken published her first novel, The Giant’s House, and she was named one of the 20 best American novelists under 40 by the literary magazine Granta. The Giant’s House tells an unlikely love story between a small town librarian and a younger man forced into solitude because of his incredible size. McCracken, working as a librarian herself since she was fifteen, surely had plenty of experience to draw from. The touching story is speckled with humor, but also cruelly interrupted by tragedy. McCracken’s other works include Niagara Falls All Over Again (2001) another witty, quirky narrative about an unlikely partnership, and most recently in 2008, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination: A Memoir where she recounts her own story of life before and after losing her first child in the ninth month of pregnancy. Although heartbreaking, the memoir is also peppered with the humor, warmth, and candor that make her such a memorable author.
by Gera Williams '11
An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination (2008)
Niagara Falls All Over Again (2001)
The Giant's House (1996)
Here's Your Hat, What's Your Hurry? (1993)
From the Archives
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